vice to take indefinite break from competition

Former Cloud9 played Daniel "vice" Kim has announced he will be taking a break from competition to further his education.

vice made his first splash competitively when he signed for TSM in early 2016 following a stint in Denial. There, he played with Kory "SEMPHIS" Friesen, Pujan "FNS" Mehta, Hunter "SicK" Mims, and Liquid superstar Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken.

vice will take a break from competition

vice also shared a team with Ethan "Ethan" Arnold when they both were under the eUnited banner. He then went on to sign by Rogue, where he had his longest tenure and played with the likes of Spencer "Hiko" Martin, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen, Ricardo "Rickeh" Mulholland, and Casper "cadiaN" Møller before getting his big break with Cloud9. The Cloud9 transfer didn't work out, however, as the team was overhauled soon after as bad results had been dragging on before and after his joining the organization.

The American player has now stated that he will return to school and go on hiatus from competition as he has lost motivation, but has left the opportunity for a return in the future open.

vice's statement reads:

"As of now and the foreseeable future, I am taking an extended break from competitive CS. Somewhere along the way, I lost the inspiration and motivation that made me want to devote 100% of myself to the game and I don't think staying in the pro scene for the sake of money is the right way for me. I'm planning on going back to school for now but CS has been such a big part of my life that I doubt I'll be done with it forever.

"Shoutout to all my friends that made this journey unforgettable"

Canada Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Pujan 'FNS' Mehta
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
852
KPR:
0.61
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Australia Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Ricardo 'Rickeh' Mulholland
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
563
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.13
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
947
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Hunter 'SicK' Mims
Age:
21
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
740
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Canada Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Kory 'SEMPHIS' Friesen
Age:
30
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
806
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.14
Denmark Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Casper 'cadiaN' Møller
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
978
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United States Daniel 'vice' Kim
Daniel 'vice' Kim
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
493
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Ethan 'Ethan' Arnold
Age:
19
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
799
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
#1
masq | 
Czech Republic Puget1 
who
2019-09-03 13:04
#11
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Reunion Esquinox 
who
2019-09-03 13:05
#13
masq | 
Czech Republic Puget1 
furry
2019-09-03 13:06
#22
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Reunion Esquinox 
one of yours?
2019-09-03 13:07
Rip
2019-09-03 13:43
#2
rain | 
Norway Raintop1 
expected
2019-09-03 13:04
Who
2019-09-03 14:27
Underrated
2019-09-03 13:05
#4
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Czech Republic Noxar 
Who?
2019-09-03 13:04
#5
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United States Trump2020KAG 
RIP
2019-09-03 13:05
#6
Aleksib | 
Finland MorstB 
cool. hopefully he finds what he is searching for
2019-09-03 13:05
#17
Maka | 
Russia YIKES! 
+1
2019-09-03 13:06
-1
2019-09-03 13:54
+1
2019-09-03 13:14
-1
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-1
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-1
2019-09-03 14:25
= - 2
2019-09-03 15:55
#86
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Germany MackyGee 
+1
2019-09-03 16:20
wh oh mega lol?
2019-09-03 13:05
#19
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Myanmar xdcc 
the vice (#2 2018)
2019-09-03 13:06
#101
EliGE | 
United States Jono13 
+1
2019-09-03 22:08
Smart decision.
2019-09-03 13:05
#9
nitr0 | 
Korea thr33o 
Good luck in the future.
2019-09-03 13:05
so?
2019-09-03 13:05
#12
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Spain GamerGuillem 
who cares?!
2019-09-03 13:06
I do
2019-09-03 14:44
Nobody forced you to waste your life away reading articles you dont care about on here lmao so dumb
2019-09-03 15:55
What do you expect from HLTV users? Most of them are pathetic guys with no life and they feel better talking shit in front of a monitor
2019-09-04 00:41
#118
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Spain GamerGuillem 
excuse me, who???
2019-09-04 21:58
no u
2019-09-05 05:01
#14
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Sweden ronkaball 
smart
2019-09-03 13:06
vice <=> device
2019-09-03 13:06
#16
khaos | 
Netherlands mikat 
smart tbh
2019-09-03 13:06
#18
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Czech Republic bagin__ 
ok
2019-09-03 13:06
bot
2019-09-03 13:07
wow who
2019-09-03 13:07
#23
flusha | 
Romania dreww_ 
Probably will invent edible PooPoo ZULUL while working for Tesla or Harvard since he's asian
2019-09-03 13:07
+1
2019-09-03 23:13
who
2019-09-03 13:08
#25
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United States WilsonDS 
Hope he comes back some day
2019-09-03 13:08
why device is looking weird?
2019-09-03 13:09
#27
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Argentina Chief02 
who
2019-09-03 13:10
#28
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Europe TheSench 
who
2019-09-03 13:11
#29
jks | 
Netherlands shawtyyy 
>23 years >going back to school
2019-09-03 13:14
#31
biN | 
Israel _laden 
i think its a nice age, you?
2019-09-03 13:16
#35
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Kazakhstan bjornzz 
lmao
2019-09-03 13:23
#78
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Luxembourg fowkingell 
Never too late
2019-09-03 15:41
#81
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Canada thelegend27 
not that late 😎
2019-09-03 15:55
masters degree? 23 is young enough
2019-09-03 17:05
people get their bachelor's degree here between 22-23 years old mostly so he is probably going for his masters. Or he also started college later you never know, there is no age that you need to be under to go to school you know.
2019-09-04 04:22
holding back the years
2019-09-03 13:17
#33
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Switzerland x676 
t19 player
2019-09-03 13:19
#34
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Other FlakeFag 
Who??
2019-09-03 13:21
#36
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Germany Vini_1337 
he failed as an asian
2019-09-03 13:23
lmao
2019-09-03 13:56
+1
2019-09-03 15:53
he was trash anyways
2019-09-03 13:28
who
2019-09-03 13:45
who?
2019-09-03 13:52
jizzus also taking break
2019-09-03 13:56
#83
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Canada thelegend27 
+111111 can we get hltv articul for dis!?!?!?!
2019-09-03 15:55
pls jony E make articl
2019-09-03 23:13
#46
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Serbia Duff555 
Best decision of his life because cs pro on average last few years and then u are fucked and have no money
2019-09-03 13:56
#51
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Brazil Karlogaria 
+1 to that - and many resort to being "streamers" because they can't do anything else after retiring. We'll see see where these guys will be in a few years
2019-09-03 14:02
#52
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Serbia Duff555 
Yea very few players can have a money for decent amount of time but i think they have to livea normal life and not luxury if they want it to last long
2019-09-03 14:07
Some retired pros from 1.6 actually are still making big money by stealing them from the players (ehmehmheatonehm)
2019-09-03 15:18
Well Karrigan has a masters degree in something so he will be able to find something after cs if he does not become a big streamer or affiliate for one of the many different companies involved in esports.
2019-09-04 04:23
Happy bday tho
2019-09-03 13:58
don’t talk to us until you doctor vice
2019-09-03 14:00
#49
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Brazil Karlogaria 
You're absolutely right in your decision. Few players perform well enough in order to make that a decent job. Studying is the way to go, don't waste your life in this game if you're not an exceptional player (as we see so many do)
2019-09-03 14:01
Well. To BE honest he took the right decision. School is more important than playing vídeo games. And csgo isnt a job for the entre life...
2019-09-03 14:01
#102
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Brazil Karlogaria 
+ infinite
2019-09-03 23:02
#53
United Kingdom Oxna 
de_vice
2019-09-03 14:10
wait what? maybe he mean university ? cuz school is waste of time lol also he is 23 no way that he mean the school
2019-09-03 14:19
school = university
2019-09-03 14:29
u mean in usa? i arent think that
2019-09-03 14:29
yeah any form of education = school or schooling
2019-09-03 14:46
when I fake plant, and catch you pushing, you just went to school. like that.
2019-09-03 15:25
ok, thank u didnt know that
2019-09-03 15:50
#85
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Serbia Duff555 
+1
2019-09-03 16:19
interesting
2019-09-04 03:09
#57
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World taco__ 
deserved
2019-09-03 14:28
Smart move, best of luck!
2019-09-03 14:42
#64
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
who car
2019-09-03 14:50
who
2019-09-03 14:56
#66
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
expected
2019-09-03 15:00
who
2019-09-03 15:04
#69
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Portugal Stifmyster 
"Former Cloud9 played Daniel "vice" Kim" YES cloud9 played with vice xD hahahah HLTV plz fix
2019-09-03 15:15
#70
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Finland Unlukoisgay 
Device wtf? Mid major omg device
2019-09-03 15:16
#71
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Other Phinks 
Gl in the future
2019-09-03 15:17
going to vice city mb
2019-09-03 15:23
he should take break, he has to be tired from all these major appereances..
2019-09-03 15:33
who
2019-09-03 15:37
who
2019-09-03 16:28
Guy with no team that doesn't play takes time off. Cool.
2019-09-03 17:04
who cares he sucked so badly
2019-09-03 17:06
who cares wtf
2019-09-03 17:55
Who?
2019-09-03 18:24
nobody cares wtf
2019-09-03 18:34
Good
2019-09-03 18:59
#96
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United States jay_320 
Good for him. Pro CS will be a nice memory. He can tell his kids he was on C9 with Flusha and Autimatic one day. I'm sure he's got some cash. Won't have to stress too much while he finishes school. Go get a good job. Decent player but at 23 doesn't have the chops to make it in the bigs so to speak.
2019-09-03 19:31
#97
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United States FaZe_Burger 
He didn't play with flusha, that was Zellsis
2019-09-03 20:10
#98
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United States jay_320 
Another one who should go focus on his education.
2019-09-03 20:10
#99
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United States FaZe_Burger 
Not sure what you mean, I'm right. Edit: Not sure who you were referring to
2019-09-03 20:19
Think he's referring to Zellsis
2019-09-03 23:11
#106
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United States jay_320 
Yeah sorry dude I meant Zellsis. Have no idea who you are bro.
2019-09-03 23:21
#100
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Brazil CaioOlive 
Did he quit school, like, high school, or he's talking about college?
2019-09-03 20:34
#107
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United States jay_320 
Almost definitely talking about college. It's kind of hard to drop out of high school and this guy was nowhere on the radar when he would have done it. I mean he's older then Elige, NAF, Twistzz, Stewie2k, Brehze, Ethan and Autimatic. That's all NA's great players and unlike Sick for example I don't remember this guys name before TSM at all.
2019-09-03 23:24
#109
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Israel OKOptimistic 
there are people in college you are 60 years old... it's never too late to get your degree... even if it is worthless it is still an achievement
2019-09-04 02:59
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Xyp9x | 
Indonesia he_J 
gl
2019-09-04 03:07
#114
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Brazil Collee 
Who
2019-09-04 04:24
#115
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Canada kniGhtlife 
The best part is: "I don't think staying in the pro scene for the sake of money is the right way for me." What money? Being unsigned? Did this guy even stream? Lol. Talking like JW would if he were walking away from $25,000/month salary with Fnatic + backends, lol. Why did this even get an article, tbh? Kid made an average of $7,000/yr in prize money for every year active to a collective less than $35,000. Okay, then...
2019-09-04 06:05
Lol CS players signed by organizations make money, it's called a salary fyi. Most orgs don't even give players prize money anymore, they just pay them salary and maybe a bonus if they win a big tournament (plus sticker money if applicable) I'm not saying he was making liquid style money obviously, but just being signed by c9 means he was getting paid.
2019-09-04 14:33
#120
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Canada kniGhtlife 
Vice: 2019-03-23 - 2019-07-02 // Cloud 9 (Trial) 2019-09-02 // Announces inactivity. You clearly don't pay attention. He hasn't been signed the entire summer. He was dropped 2 months ago by C9 and has not been collecting salary since (ie. No money). In addition to that, esports orgs make 99% of their money from advertisement revenue and investors. Not prize money. Prize money collection was a thing of the past. Established orgs don't collect on the prize money... They make millions off advertisements and back-end deals. Players likely collect a salary (obviously), stream revenue, and the prize money (if not the majority), as most of their income. Whereas the bigger bucks from advertisement and endorsement revenue go to the org itself. If you remember the Tfue scenario with FaZe Clan, they didn't collect on his prize money... They make MILLIONS off having top talent. The prize money is nil to the orgs in comparison to what they get paid by peripheral and energy drink companies to represent them. That's how the trade off works. Prize money is collected by players (again, for top tier teams, guaranteed, because the orgs have other fluid streams of revenue, as well as it helps to motivate players to win when they get to keep their earnings. Meanwhile, the orgs benefit from having Marvel and Razor emblazoned on their players' jerseys or in the player's screen name, in game. That's where the REAL money comes from in esports and always has. This isn't 2009 anymore. Prize money used to BE collected by orgs to help pay for players salaries/expenditures. You have it backwards on when Prize money was actually given to players. It is now, not prior. This doesn't necessarily hold true for Tier 3-4 teams, but Tier 1 teams make all their $ off their clout and from their investors/advertisers. But, I digress... vice wasn't making any money playing CS anymore and thus, goes back to school like any other kid. In that, the entire time he spent on a Tier 1/2 org was in Rogue (2017-19) and C9 (2019). He had two years were he actually collected what you could consider a moderately decent salary - if that. C9 pays well, but he was only trialing - so there's no way to know how much he was making as he wasn't a full-fledged member of the org, yet. Like a trainee, basically. I'm sure the salary was still very nice... For what it was. And since, two months of unemployment.
2019-09-05 09:04
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2019-09-04 14:34
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